Population Change and Lifecourse

Request for Proposals on Data Development and Training

The Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster has funds to support data development and training, including data documentation, data workshops, software development, virtual classes, technical training and other activities that support data infrastructures. The projects should aim at improving the data infrastructure, enhancing the ability to access and analyze data especially in the Research Data Centres, and reducing or minimizing duplication of efforts in preparing data for analysis. The project must not duplicate efforts that are already being developed within the Research Data Centres and by other institutions or groups. Budget: The Cluster budget has $50,000 per year for Data Development and Training. Proposed budgets in the range of $2,000 to $8,000 are preferred.


This request for proposal is open to projects taking place within the Thematic Committees of the PCLC cluster, and to other groups of members of the Cluster. Eligible projects could include:

  • Data Documentation:
    • Documenting an administrative longitudinal data file
    • Documenting contextual data that can be attached to data on individuals
    • Integration of data sets

  • Software Development:
    • Software permitting analysis of administrative longitudinal data
    • Software merging data from different sources

  • Training:
    • Data workshop
    • Virtual classes or development and posting of training modules
    • Course development
    • Technical training in data analysis
    • Summer schools or short courses
    • Support for training relevant to the cluster
    • Content may be quantitative or qualitative


The application of no more than 5 pages should address the following:

  1. Project Team
    Provide identity and affiliations of the project lead and team members, including the involvement of associated partners. Projects need to involve several people, including young scholars. Provide a brief resume of the team’s experience with Data Development activities.

  2. Project Description
    Describe the Data Development or Training project, including the thematic focus, the specific objectives and desired outcomes, and the target audience. Provide a description of how the activity will provide an ongoing benefit. Indicate how the activity will be disseminated and made available (including any time limit to the privilege of use).

  3. Project Relevance
    Describe the importance of the project to the Cluster including how the project fits in with the theme of population change and lifecourse, how it relates to the mission statement of the cluster, and how the project contributes to the goals of the cluster.

  4. Training Component
    Specify any associated training, including training in use of complex data.

  5. Project Timeline
    Provide the dates of start and end of the project, and the time when final report on the project (substantive and budgetary) will be submitted.

  6. Project Budget
    Provide the project budget and justification, with specification of parts of budget that will be covered by other sources.

Submission of Proposals

Proposals are to be sent to the PCLC Executive Committee c/o ravanera@uwo.ca. The deadlines for receipt of proposals are 15 January, 15 April, 15 June and 15 October. Applicants are encouraged to communicate in advance with regard to their intention to submit a proposal.


Applications will be considered by the Executive Committee of the PCLC cluster on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to Cluster
  2. Quality of proposed data development and technical training activities (including evidence that there is not a duplication of efforts)
  3. Appropriateness and Viability of dissemination plans
  4. Sustainability of the benefits and potential impacts
  5. Suitability of participants and partnerships (including training component)
  6. Cost effectiveness


A final report is required within 3 months of the end of the project, including a substantive report on achievements and future plans, and budgetary accounting.An electronic version of the report is to be sent to ravanera@uwo.ca, and to rbeaujot@uwo.ca with paper copy of financial documents sent to:

Rod Beaujot,
Department of Sociology
University of Western Ontario,
London, ON N6A 5C2.